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Puppet Knitting Patterns

by | Jan 20, 2018 | Animals, Featured, Toys

Knitting Patterns for Puppets. Most patterns are free

Knitting patterns for finger puppets and hand puppets.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Two-Finger Puppets

Two-Finger Puppets

Let your fingers do the walking for these cute puppets. There are instructions for 3 faces – 2 cats and a raccoon – but they are easy to customize. Designed by Luciana Jorge. Available in English and Spanish. Pictured projects by Sikari73 who added fringe to create a lion’s mane for one and made another in panda colors.

Free Knitting Pattern for Raccoon Puppet

Raccoon Puppet

The body of this hand puppet is knit in the round. Approx 8”/20.5cm. Designed by Pat Olski and excerpted by Craft Foxes from 60 Quick Knitted Toys.

Free Knitting Pattern for Grr Argh Monster Finger Puppet

Grr Argh Monster Finger Puppet

Finger puppet inspired by the monster that appears at the end of Mutant Enemy productions such as Buffy, Firefly. Designed by M0mmacat. Note that the original website is no longer available – use the link below to the archived pattern.

Free Knitting Pattern for Teddy Bear Hand Puppet

Teddy Bear Hand Puppet

An easy pattern designed to be simple enough for children to knit. It’s a garter stitch rectangle with some cast on and bind off for arms. Ears are shaped by sewing along head fold. Designed by Shelley Pearson for Knit a Square Charity.

Free Knitting Pattern for Polar Bear Puppet

Polar Bear Puppet

Hand puppet that is knit like a sock and felted in the washing machine. Designed by Susan Prince

Free Knitting Pattern for Camera Puppet

Say Cheese Camera Puppet

Get a smile for the camera from babies and children with this adorable hippo that slips over the lens of your camera. You can also use other head and feet patterns and adjust the size for your camera lens. Designed by Sumiko Sumiko

Free Knitting Pattern for Hello Kitty Hand Puppet

Hello Kitty Hand Puppet

Cat hand puppet knit in DK yarn. Designed by Janet McGregor The Puppet Lady

Free Knitting Pattern for Goldilocks Finger Puppet

Goldilocks Finger Puppet

This finger puppet by Amanda Berry is easily customizable into other characters by changing skin color, hair, and dress. The designer allows you to sell the finished project to raise money for charity.

Free Knitting Pattern for Bunny Hand Puppet

Bunny Hand Puppet

Knit in DK yarn. Designed by Janet McGregor The Puppet Lady

Free Knitting Pattern for Turkey Finger Puppet

Turkey Finger Puppet

Could easily be adapted to other birds like peacocks. Designed by knittedblissJC

Free Knitting Pattern for Smiley the Worm Finger Puppet

Smiley the Worm Finger Puppet

This cute finger puppet is knit in the round with just 10-15 yards of yarn and a little fiber fill. Designed by ChemKnits Pictured project by knitlette

Free Knitting Pattern for Hare Finger Puppets

Hare Finger Puppets

Easy puppets about 9 cm (3,5 inch). Designed by Ala Ela

Free Knitting Pattern for Chow Hand Puppet

Chow Hand

This mouth puppet is quick knit, then felted in your washing machine. Chow can easily be customized with a little embroidery floss to add braces or other features. Chow is knit in the round … two mouth pieces, a tongue and two rows of I-cord teeth.  Designed by C. Randy Wheeless for Knitty

Free Knitting Pattern for Teeny Tiny Loki Helm

Teeny Tiny Loki Helm

Turn your finger into an Asgardian with this little helm. Loki is burdened with glorious puppeting! Designed by Erin Wilk

Free Knitting Pattern for Menagerie Puppets with Free Trial

Menagerie Puppets

Five dressed-up animal finger puppets including elephant, lion, bear, bunny and reindeer. Designed by Monica Rodriguez Fuertes. Pattern  available for free with a free trial at Creativebug. Click link and scroll down to the bottom of pattern list to see the download link. You’ll have to sign up for a free trial.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Elephant Puppet

Elephant Puppet

Designed originally by Operation Christmas Child International. Pictured project by needleclicker

Free Knitting Pattern for Butterfly Finger Puppet

Butterfly Finger Puppet

This butterfly is fast knit, fits over the finger, and uses fingering weight yarn. Designed by ChemKnits. Pictured projects by mamamartinho

Free Knitting Pattern for Zebra and Panda Hand Puppets

Zebra and Panda Hand Puppets

These easy and quick puppets are knit back and forth on larger-size needles. 91⁄2 inches tall and 81⁄2 inches wide. Excerpted from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson.

Free Knitting Pattern for Lion Hand Puppet

Lion Hand Puppet

Knit in DK yarn. Designed by Janet McGregor The Puppet Lady

Free Knitting Pattern for Keyboard Cat Puppet

Keyboard Cat

Cat hand puppet in DK weight yarn. Designed by YoursTrulyKnits

Free Knitting Pattern for Polar Bear Finger Puppet

Polar Bear Finger Puppet

Designed by Rachael Wells

Free knitting pattern for Dalek Egg Cosy

Dalek Finger Puppets

This Doctor Who inspired designs by Lyles’ Knit were designed as egg cozies but could easily be used as finger puppets or toys.

Free Knitting Pattern for Donkey Finger Puppet or Pencil Topper

Donkey Finger Puppet or Pencil Topper

This tiny donkey can easily be adapted to look like a horse or zebra. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Emma Folds

Free Knitting Pattern for Owl Hand Pupper

Owl Hand Puppet

Can be knitted in the round or flat. Designed by Janet McGregor

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Fantastic Mittster Fox Mittens

This playful combination mittens/puppets design by Allison Stewart-Guinee is knit in the round, seamlessly. The mittens can be worn on either hand, with either the fox face facing up or on the palm.

Free Knitting Pattern Dragon and Phoenix Finger Puppets

Dragon Finger Puppet

carinbrat designed tiny detailed dragon and phoenix finger puppets.

Free knitting pattern for Sea Monster Bath Mitt Puppet

Sea Monster Bath Mitt

Michele Wilcox for Red Heart Yarn designed this adorable puppet that will make kids love bath time. If you use the recommended Red Heart Scrubby yarn, you’ll get a  textured that’s good for getting at dirt but soft enough to use on skin. Red Heart sent me a sample of the yarn for review. Red Heart sent me a sample of the yarn for review. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I like the texture — it’s softer than I expected.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Wizard of Oz Finger Puppets

Wizard of Oz Finger Puppets

4 finger puppets including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Designed by HandMadeAwards

Knitting Pattern for Counting Rhymes Finger Puppet Gloves

Counting Rhymes Finger Puppet Gloves

Makes three types – five little speckled frogs, five little monkeys or ten in the bed. Little frogs and monkeys can be knitted as part of the gloves or as individual finger puppets. Two sizes – Ages 3-5 and large adult. Designed by Sandra Polley

Knitting Pattern for Peter Pan Finger Puppets

Peter Pan Finger Puppets

Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, Crocodile finger puppets and a small Tinkerbell toy. Designed by HandMadeAwards

Knitting Pattern for Woodland Animals Finger Puppets

Woodland Animals Finger Puppets

Patterns for 7 finger puppets are included: Fox, mouse, bear, boar, wolf, hare, frog puppets. The puppets are knitted in the round and are recommended for Advanced Beginner Knitters. Designed by Deniza Toys

See more images and get the pattern at Etsy

Storybook Dolls to Knit (CD Included)

Storybook Dolls to Knit (CD Included)

This book includes patterns for 17 Walkabout Puppets / Toys  of characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Humpty-Dumpty, The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel and the Wicked Witch, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Grandma’s Clothing, and Mary and Her Little Lamb. Children can slip their fingers into the puppet legs and play along as they listen to the stories on the included CD. Designed by Anita M. Wheeless. Paperback or digital download.

Lamb Chop Knitting Pattern and more lamb and sheep patterns

Lamb Chop

Vintage pattern of Shari Lewis’ famous hand puppet Lamb Chop with both knitting and crochet versions of the pattern.

Knitting Pattern for Bunny Puppet

Bunny Puppet

The pattern is written in 3 sizes:
Small: 5 1/2” around, 5” long
Medium: 6 1/2” around, 6” long
Large: 7 1/2” around, 7” long

See more images and get the pattern at Etsy

Knitting Pattern for Googlers

Knitting Pattern for Googlers


This finger / hand puppet toy is knit with about 10 1/2 m (11 1/2) yards of yarn. Perfect for scrap yarn! They also only take about 30-40 minutes to make so they are the perfect last minute gift or stocking stuffer. Knit flat on straight needles. About 6 1/2cm (2 1/2″) tall. Designed by Kookla Creations who allows the selling of finished items.

Knitting Pattern for Mouse Family Finger Puppets

Mouse Family Finger Puppets With Cheese House

The Little House of Cheese Family Mouse toys come with a tiny cheese house pattern.

Knitting Pattern for Duckie Lovey

Duckie Lovey

This rubber duckie blanket buddy can double as a puppet because the head is hollow. Perfect baby shower gift. The designer HugKnits says you can sell items made from this pattern!

Knitting Pattern for Mary Poppins Finger Puppets

Mary Poppins Finger Puppets

4 finger puppets including Mary Poppins, Bert the Chimney Sweep, and Jane and Michael Banks. Designed by HandMadeAwards

Knitting Pattern for Mr Pythagoras and Mr Fibonacci Puppets

Mr Pythagoras and Mr Fibonacci Puppets

Mr Fibonacci wears a robe designed to show his well-known sequence, in two directions. He also wears a hat showing the same pattern of numbers. Mr Pythagoras wears an example of his theorem on his front. These were designed with adults in mind but are small enough to also be used by a child. Designed by Woolly Thoughts

Fox Lovey

Fox Lovey

This fox security blanket is huggable blankie perfect gift for baby showers and new babies. Can double as a hand puppet because the head is open.

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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